The grain crisis continues, and the media space is seething with sharp comments. The Polish Prime Minister threatened Ukraine with an import ban on new products.
The grain crisis continues, and the media space is seething with sharp comments. The Polish Prime Minister threatened Ukraine with an import ban on new products if it continues to escalate “the conflict”.
- I am horrified by how the Polish authorities behave towards Ukraine – prof. Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene.
Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia extended the ban on imports of Ukrainian grain. In response, Ukraine filed a complaint against these countries with the World Trade Organization. Now the parties have 60 days to negotiate and reach a compromise regarding grain. This topic has become one of the hottest elements of the election campaign in Poland, which does not solve farmers' problems.
The Polish Prime Minister answered questions about the grain crisis. He emphasized that the interest of Polish farmers is the most important for Poland. He emphasized that Poland does not agree with any procedures, regulations, ordinances, or lawsuits brought against it. He also referred to the announcement of a Ukrainian embargo on some Polish vegetables.
I warn the Ukrainian authorities - if they escalate the conflict, we will add more products to the ban on import into Polish territory – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
According to Morawiecki, the Ukrainian side does not understand the destabilization of the Polish agricultural market. The Polish government "rose to the challenge and implemented a unilateral embargo on Ukrainian grain", he added.
Prof. Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene from the University of Warsaw believes that the dispute over Ukrainian grain may be an opportunity for Law and Justice to gain a few additional points in the upcoming parliamentary elections, which will be held on October 15.
According to prof. Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene, such statements put our good relations between nations at risk. "For me, the Prime Minister's statement was really shocking. This means that the Prime Minister is questioning the justification for this embargo in a truly economic sense. And in fact, it comes down only to a political issue. Moreover, the introduction of these additional products into the embargo area is "is really just political revenge and political sabre-rattling," he adds.
I am horrified by how the Polish authorities behave towards Ukraine and how much they put our good relations and security at risk, just to gain a better chance for a few additional percentage points in the elections, because that's how it should be treated - says prof. Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene.